Villa Amistades

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5


Pool Modern Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite

With the magic of Marbella just 15 kilometres away and the nearest blissful sandy beach just 10 kilometres away, the sensational Villa Amistades sits up in the hills between Marbella and the characterful village of Istan. Istan Village is nestled peacefully in the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves, popularly known as the ‘Spring of the Costa del Sol’. Istan and Villa Amistades are surrounded by nature, the Verde River, its fountains and absolutely stunning panoramic views. With Moorish origin, Istan enjoys a timeless air that is totally enchanting. Guests staying at Villa Amistades can enjoy this serene, captivating area knowing that they can easily head to the glamorous and glitzy Marbella which holds its own with the French Riviera and other hot-spot destinations in Europe. Here, guests can dine in Michelin-starred restaurants, play on manicured, challenging golf courses, visit glitzy marinas bustling with high-end yachts, shop in chic, designer boutiques and chill on never-ending golden sandy beaches.

Villa Amistades offers four luxurious bedroom suites, astounding living space, a fantastic pool and pool terrace, a gorgeous inner courtyard, a well-equipped gym and a fabulous games and cinema room. The villa even has an office that can be made up as an additional bedroom should you want to invite more than eight guests. The villa is located within a prestigious gated urbanisation with wide, impeccably kept streets and manicured gardens. Villa Amistades has recently been renovated to the highest standard possible, maintaining the Mediterranean essence of its exterior, blending it with an exquisite Andalusian style inner courtyard and the most magical of contemporary spaces. Extra features include hot and cold air conditioning and underfloor heating.

The main living spaces are open plan in design with a seamless flow between the different areas. A long stretch of glass doors ensures that guests enjoy superb panoramic vistas from almost every space in the villa. They also drown the living areas in natural light. The villa boasts a sleek, stylish kitchen in black and white with a sociable central island and beautifully upholstered chairs beside a trendy breakfast table. The kitchen offers top-of-the range appliances that will delight the most discerning of chefs. The space is cleverly connected to the inner courtyard where you can enjoy alfresco dining in wonderful style. Also next to the kitchen is a grand piano to liven up any evening. This area flows beautifully through to an elegant dining area where guests can enjoy superb views of the pool and across to the sea. Slim architectural wooden pillars separate this area slightly from the sumptuous lounge area where guests can relax on superbly comfortable sofas, enjoying the soft breeze when the doors are open to the terrace. To the other side of the main lounge area is another beautiful spot to watch television on yet another stunning sofa with attractive art decorating the walls behind you. An office is available for those urgent emails and printing should you need to combine work with your holiday. Villa Amistades also offers an extremely well-equipped gym and a beautifully fitted games and cinema room with a pool table, a luxurious sofa and large screen and a stunning bar, complete with bar stools.

Villa Amistades boasts four gorgeous bedroom suites, two on the ground floor and two above. On the ground floor, one dreamy bedroom enjoys a beautifully upholstered queen size sleigh bed, an immaculate ensuite bathroom with a shower and sensational views of the terrace, mountains, the lake and the sea with two walls of glass. The second ground floor bedroom boasts comfy twin beds, an ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower and access to the terrace for panoramic sea vistas. The master bedroom suite is located on the upper floor with a lavishly dressed queen size bed, an exquisite ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bath and marbled shower, access to a balcony and stunning views. The final bedroom also enjoys a queen size bed, a glorious ensuite shower room and fantastic sea and hillside views. The décor in every space is very tasteful with neutral hues combined with gorgeous colour pops coming from contemporary art, upholstery and soft furnishings.

The villa also offers sublime outdoor space. There are a mix of covered and sun-drenched terraces, a fabulous swimming pool, two alfresco dining spaces, luxurious outdoor furniture and those astonishing, far-reaching views. You will not forget your holiday at Villa Amistades for a very long time, if ever. You even have a Villa Manager and 24 hour concierge service to make sure that you experience the holiday of your dreams.

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What you should know…

  • The golf lovers amongst you will be delighted to know that Villa Amistades is within very easy reach of a number of prestigious golf clubs
  • The villa can sleep a maximum of ten guests if you would like the office set up as a fifth bedroom
  • The entertainment room is a wonderful with a professional pool table, a cinema screen and sofa and a bar with bar stools
  • Guests enjoy the services of a Villa Manager and concierge team. For an extra payment, guests can also have the villa pre-stocked or enjoy airport transfers, excursions or enjoy daily cleaning

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis

The Villa

This luxury villa to rent is located between Marbella and Istan village, up on the hills with panoramic sea views. Istan is a town of Arabic origin located in the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves and just 20 kilometres from the beaches of Marbella.

Lower Ground Floor
- Games room with sofa, table tennis and satellite TV
- Well equipped fitness area

Ground Floor
- Large living room with comfortable seating and access to the pool area
- Open plan dining area for 8 people and access to the patio
- Media room with comfortable seating, satellite TV and access to the pool area
- Fully equipped modern kithcen with central island, dining area and access to an interior patio
- Guest toilet
- Bedroom with double bed, access to the patio and en-suite bathroom

First Floor
- Bedroom with double bed, access to a terrace and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed, access to a terrace and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed, access to a terrace and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool
- Large garden and patio area
- Various sun loungers
- Covered terrace
- Outdoor dining
- Private parking
- Barbecue

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi connection
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Alarm system
- Hair dryer


About the surrounding area of Villa Amistades
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Villa Amistades enjoys a fabulous location offering astounding views down to the sea. This exceptional villa is nestled in the hills between Marbella and the charming village of Istan, within an exclusive gated community. The villa is 15 km from Marbella, 8 km from the excellent Manolo Santana Tennis Club, 25 km from Puerto Banus and 70 km from Malaga airport.

The village of Istan boasts a fascinating history going back its Moorish origin. After the Christian reconquest in the 15th century, Arabs were barred from living close to the sea though they were allowed to stay in Istan. There were many turbulent years and the Arab population eventually dwindled, being replaced by Christian settlers from Castile and Murcia. Very little remains of Moorish Istan, just the crumbling remains of a tower hidden in a side street in the highest part of the village. Like many mountain villages, transport used to be a mule and packhorse so the village streets are narrow. The village enjoys a friendly, charming ambience. The Museo del Agua offers an insight into the vital role water plays in life. The old wash house is situated in Calle Chorro where the surrounding houses are draped in bougainvillea and roses. The fountain boasts six jets which are still fed by ancient Arabice water channels. The modern Esfera Fountain was built to remind everyone that water is such an essential element of the landscape that surrounds the village. Istan is one of the access points to the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Lake Istan, on the Verde River water course, was formed when dams and reservoirs were formed to provide water for Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Water is collected from the mountains and flows into the sea just east of Puerto Banus. There are plenty of animals found in the lake including otters, the marbled newt, tree frogs, rainbow trout and catfish. Fishing and canoeing are very popular.

A little further over, the Benahavis Hills are surrounded by prestigious golf courses including Los Arqueros, La Quinta, El Higueral, Guadalmina and Los Naranjos. Benahavis, known as the ‘Gastronomic Corner of Andalucia’, boasts many high class restaurants scattered along its picturesque, narrow, winding streets. It is home to the Sabor, a Malaga catering school. Many of the dishes in the restaurants are Spanish but with a modern twist. One of the most typical dishes is marinated pork fillet following a very traditional recipe but you will also find fresh fish from Estapona and Marbella and cuisine from many corners of the world. Benahavis boasts a lovely car boot style Sunday market in the grounds of a shrine. Benahavis’ Holy Week has some of the loveliest processions on the Costa del Sol. The annual Benahavis Fair takes place in August and the whole village enjoys processions, fairground rides, fireworks, eating and drinking. There are also summer concerts and culinary events in the many Benahavis restaurants.

Within minutes, guests staying at Villa Amistades can be relaxing on the Costa del Sol’s sunkissed beaches or living it up in the celebrity hotspots of Puerto Banus and Marbella. The Costa del Sol boasts twenty three stunning, sandy beaches along its 27 kms of gorgeous coastline. With 325 sunny days, the climate is fantastic and perfect for beach days. Many of the beaches enjoy fabulous watersports and chic beach bars.

The hot-spot, celebrity watching, glamorous town of Marbella boasts its share of Michelin-starred restaurants, sandy beaches, manicured golf courses, bustling marinas and glitzy entertainment. The Arabic characteristics and balconies, adorned with vibrant, colourful flowers, of Plaza de los Naranjos in the old part of Marbella are totally captivating. The square’s restaurants place their tables in a small formal garden bordered by orange trees. Visitors enjoy a labyrinth of narrow pedestrian streets and beautiful plazas full of trendy, upmarket bars, restaurants and exclusive shops offering souvenirs, olive oil, local pottery and lace. The buildings are all whitewashed, wrapped in bougainvillea and topped with terracotta roofs, many dating back to the renaissance. Alameda Park is just a few steps south of the Old Town and feels like a private garden. There are marble walkways, fountains and benches, all under a thick canopy of lush tropical greenery. Many of the benches are clad with azuleos, classic Andalusian hand-printed tiles. The handsome walkway, Avenida del Mar, leads from the park to Playa de la Venus, next to Marbella’s first class marina. It is sprinkled with towering palm trees and bronze sculptures designed by Salvador Dali. The central Plaza de la Iglesia is very beautiful and often hosts vibrant markets and concerts. Besides the typical Andalusian cultural events, there are annual festivals dedicated to music including the Marbella International Opera Festival held in August, the Marbella Reggae Festival in July plus the Marbella International Film Festival in June.

The celebrated Puerto Banus was designed and built in 1970 by local property developer Jose Banus. Puerto Banus is famous for its marina, designer shopping, dining and celebrity spotting. It is a playground for the rich with plenty of Ferraris parked outside the glamorous eateries and luxury yachts moored in the marina. The luxury Sala Beach and Ocean Club Marbella are just two of the upmarket beach clubs offering delicious cocktails, plenty of champagne, gastronomic delights and attentive staff.  

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Malaga Airport

(65 km)

Nearest Village Los Belverdes

(7 km)

Nearest Town/City Marbella

(17 km)

Nearest Restaurant El Banco Restaurante

(7 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Tapas Bar

(7 km)

Nearest Supermarket Coviran

(9 km)

Nearest Beach Nueva Andalucia Beach

(11 km)

Nearest Golf Las Brisas Golf Course

(7 km)

Nearest Tennis Puente Romano Tennis Club

(13 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Villa Amistades is perfect for a family holiday. It is very spacious, enjoys stunning terraces, a beautiful swimming pool and an excellent games and cinema room with a pool table. The villa is located in the hills and offers the best of both worlds. You can enjoy hikes in the mountains, cycling and other outdoor past times. You can visit the Istan Lake and enjoy kayaking or you can head to the sandy Costa del Sol beaches.  

The boulevard in San Pedro Alcantara offers exciting playgrounds with swings, wooden horses, padded hills to climb and a zipline. The wonderful architectural bridge has curves to match the waves and mountain scenery. It’s a very popular place for cycling. Happy Days Costa del Sol, at the Marbella end of the boulevard, has an ice-skating rink and a 9-hole mini golf course. The Funny Beach Marbella amusement park offers jet skiing, flyboarding, go-karting and bouncy castles, pedal boats, a Wave X ramp and inflatable water rides, fantastic for thrill seeking children.

Adventura Amazonia, Marbella is a thrilling, challenging adventure with rope bridges, zipwires, tree climbing and swing bridges. There is a mini kid’s course for 4-7 year olds and another course for over 7’s. There are 83 challenges in the trees and 20 ziplines in total.

A little further away, Selwo Aventura, Estapona, offers children the chance to enjoy wild nature on an expedition through different lands. They will meet lions, giraffes, hippos, zebras, leopards, meerkats, lynx, elephants and pandas. There are also adventure activities for thrillseekers including the zipwire, hanging bridges and archery as well as the Serengeti Safari, a 4x4 truck ride around the Great Lakes Reserve.

Biopark, Fuengirola is a zoo where animals live side-by-side, recreating their natural habitats. There are more than 200 species, most of them endangered or at risk of being endangered. Biopark promotes the survival of the different species including the Sumatra Tiger of which there are only 300 or you may see Roloway monkeys, the only ones in Spain.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Fenced Grounds


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €3,000 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival, or via credit card on arrival, and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4 pm
Departure time 10 am
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price.
Minimum stay 7 nights
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted.
Tax Tourist Tax included in the rental price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 £20,078
Dec 18th 2023 - Jul 1st 2024 £20,078
Jul 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 £20,078
Dec 16th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 £20,078

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 €21,783
Dec 18th 2023 - Jul 1st 2024 €21,783
Jul 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 €21,783
Dec 16th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 €21,783

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 $23,975
Dec 18th 2023 - Jul 1st 2024 $23,975
Jul 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 $23,975
Dec 16th 2024 - Jun 1st 2025 $23,975

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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